Ministry to Armed Forces personnel is a continuing need in our diocese. Large numbers of young people continue to enter and serve in the military, and subsequently return to civilian life at the end of their tour of duty. Parochial ministry to those who serve in the Armed Forces should include prayers and recognition when they leave for active duty, when they return home on leave, and when they finally return to civilian status. Caring for their families while the loved one is deployed is also part of our call. Placing service men and women on parish mailings lists and sending them an occasional letter does much to cement home ties and bring the service person home as an active parishioner.
For more information about how to support Armed Forces personnel, contact The Rev. Dr. Frank Munoz at 858-395-0203.
The Episcopal Office of Armed Services and Federal Ministries can be reached by visiting its page on the Episcopal Church’s website.
Chaplains Under Fire
How does the military provide for the spiritual needs of troops risking their lives for America? What moral and political issues does this raise for our country?…We spent three months in Afghanistan and Iraq…the result is Chaplains Under Fire, an independent documentary that explores the world of military chaplains through the lens of the troops they serve in combat and the Constitutional issues they raise at home. Stream it here.
Becoming a Military and Veteran Friendly Parish
Did you know that veterans are 10 times more likely to go to clergy than all other Mental Health Providers? Our military and veterans often don’t know where to go to for help, compassionate care and support. Often they are seeking a more comfortable place, like a church or clergy for help with their problems. We can be there for them! In association with the Military Chaplain Association, the “Veteran/Military Friendly Congregation (VMFC) was conceived to promote a sense of community, acceptance and support for Veterans and their families.” Our churches can be those places where our military and veterans find support.
A key aspect of our Diocesan Military Ministry is to build programs that act as a support structure for military members, veterans, and their family members in our parishes. Building Military Ministries in each congregation is our goal.
We look forward to working closely with congregational leaders in providing resources. In order for you to be recognized as a “Veteran Military Friendly Congregation or Ministry” you need only to follow through with these steps:
- Complete the appropriate VMFC enrollment form at https://vmfc-usa.org/
- Discover who in your community has served in the military.
- Designate a member of that group to be a point of contact with Fr. Munoz and VMFC.
- Invite us to lead a discussion with your congregation about the needs of your particular veterans and military families.
- Design a ministry to meet the specific needs of your veterans and their families. We can help you with that part.
- Your commitment toward becoming a VMF congregation begins with raising awareness among parishioners that you now have this program in place. We urge you to publish this ministry in your bulletins, newsletter, blogs, and websites. Your veterans and their families need to know they can turn to your parish for assistance.
- Provide permission to the Military Chaplains Association and their affiliates to list your congregation information on their web site.
We stand ready to help you. Thank you again for what you will do to serve those who have served! For more information about how to support our Military and Veterans, contact The Rev. Dr. Frank Munoz at 858-395-0203 or at email@example.com. We invite you to view this video for more information:
Veterans Village of San Diego
San Diego Tribune | Crisis of Spirit: An Army Chaplain’s Journey with PTSD
Episcopal Church Resources
The Brotherhood of Saint Andrew
Operation We Are Here: Military Family Ministry
Ministering to the Military: A Guide for Churches (PDF download)
A Hero’s Welcome: How To Become a Veteran-Friendly Congregation
Veteran’s Village of San Diego
San Diego Military Outreach Ministries
Request for More Information
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